2008 Paulino Bernabe “Royal” Spruce/Fan Braced
Back and sides: Old aged Rosewood
And so the Royal represents the pinnacle of what is created in the shop and, up to at least 2008, I was told that all Imperial and Royal level guitars were made personally by Paulino Sr and Jr. I was grateful to visit Paulino Sr not long before he passed away, and there he was, happy and working away at his bench on another Royal.
This guitar is in rather incredible ‘like new’ condition, a fine custom set of Rodgers tuners, and the sides, as usual for this model doubled with Cypress, and an old Rosewood back and sides that I have looked at till my eyes ache and I still think it is a one piece back, for if it is two pieces I simply cannot see the seam! A beautiful set of back and sides, complimented by an exquisite old aged Spruce soundboard accented with the usual elegant and tasteful appointments found on the Royal model. Even the original bone tie blocks, which Bernabe felt increased the break angle over the saddle and thus improved the tone, are in place.
The guitar is in such beautiful condition that it literally shows no sign of ever having been played, about as perfect as you can get without being brand new.
The tone is pure Bernabe, Rich yet clear, with lovely sustain, any fan of the ‘Bernabe sound’ will be a fan of this Royal.